Oats and pico de gallo

July 22, 2009

I started off today with the same breakfast that I have almost everyday during the week while listening to Slate’s Cultural Gabfest. This breakfast being old fashioned oats with banana and agave nectar. 

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I had such high hopes for dinner last night. I had a recipe for Black Bean Soup that sounded really great. In the end I could not take more than two spoon fulls. It had an odd texture and really lacked flavor. I did however love the pico de gallo that I had made on the side. I mixed together tomato, green pepper, yellow onion, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, olive oil, chili powder, salt, and pepper. I served it on top of thin toasted slices of Asiago Cheese bread from Panera (inspired by a recipe from the Panera Bread cookbook). Although the soup was a failure the pico de gallo was a total hit. I plan on having the leftovers with toasted whole wheat pita triangles for lunch. 

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Currently listening to and loving Land of Talk (an incredible band from Canada) and almost finished reading with “The Hour I First Believed” by Wally Lamb. I am excited to start “A Wolf at the Table” by Augusten Burroughs.

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My awesome cat Menard. He sat and watched “The Wrestler” with us. I think he was impressed with Mickey Rourke’s performance (lol). I loved the film.

Hummus Quesadilla

July 16, 2009

I’ve been trying to get up, have coffee and breakfast than go workout or be active in some way each day. My new obsession has been tennis. I am not a sports person but I have really enjoyed playing tennis lately even if its just hitting balls against the board attached to the tennis courts for practice. So when I get done I’m worn out and not usually in the mood to spend a lot of time making myself lunch. Yesterday I threw together a quick quesadilla using some roasted red pepper hummus I had in the fridge and a whole wheat tortilla.

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I topped it with lettuce and tomato and it was really good. 

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I had a bowel of fresh pineapple and strawberries too. It is an absolute must that I have fresh pinapple everyday while its in season. Its so delicious.

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Pizza! Pizza!

July 9, 2009

Last night I made pizza for dinner which has become a weekly ritual. It was so delicious.The dough was an Ina Garten recipe that I have been using for years now. I have made it so much that I could pretty much do it with my eyes closed. I adjust the recipe a bit each time to my liking. I use agave nector instead of honey and I sometimes use half whole wheat pastry flour along with the unbleached all purspose if I have enough. No matter what I use it always comes out great.

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I love love love the combination of BBQ sauce, mushrooms, and sliced black olives. 

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I paired the pizza with a simple green salad. I usually make my own italian dressing but I was running low on olive oil so I took some help from a bottle dressing. It wasn’t as good as the homemade but still a nice side to the pizza. Yum!!

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Annie

July 8, 2009

So this is my first blog on here and I’m still navigating my way thru it all. I thought I would start with a video of a genius artist that constantly has me in a state of awe and inspiration. Annie Clark of St. Vincent is a gem. She reminds me to exercise the creative being inside.